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Male dancer swathed in white tulle jumps in the air with arms and left leg raised high

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

FROM BACH TO BOWIE
Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Celebrate FirstWorks’ 15th season with a high-voltage evening featuring the runaway hit, Star Dust, a glorious dance set to the music of David Bowie performed by America’s first fully multicultural ballet company.
Two male female dancer couples in pas de deux

Complexions Artist Up Close Conversation

ARTIST UP-CLOSE CONVERSATION
with Complexions Co-Founders

Join FirstWorks for a free Artist Up-Close Conversation with Master Choreographer Dwight Rhoden, former Alvin Ailey principal dancer, and the legendary Desmond Richardson, first African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater. Moderated by Julie Strandberg, co-founder of The American Dance Legacy Initiative, Artist-In-Residence and Founding Director of Dance at Brown University.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: DANCE FOR EVERY BODY

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: DANCE FOR EVERY BODY

A jam dance workshop with Urban Bush Women celebrating “every body” and the diversity that attributes to a unique and powerful community. No prior experience required! At Brown University Ashamu Dance Studio. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: DANCE FOR EVERY BODY

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: DANCE FOR EVERY BODY

A jam dance workshop with Urban Bush Women celebrating “every body” and the diversity that attributes to a unique and powerful community. No prior experience required! At Brown University Ashamu Dance Studio. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

CLOUD EYE CONTROL

CLOUD EYE CONTROL

East Coast Premiere! Combining interactive media and live performance, L.A.’s Cloud Eye Control creates visceral, immediate works that are highly visual, inventive and emotional.

Cirque Mechanics

CIRQUE MECHANICS

You’ve never seen a circus like this! Hailed as “the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil” by Spectacle magazine, Cirque Mechanics returns to wow FirstWorks audiences with Pedal Punk, a dazzling whirl of acrobats, cyclists, and one-of-a-kind machines.

Chick Corea: The Musician

FILM SCREENING
CHICK COREA: THE MUSICIAN

FirstWorks and Jamestown Arts Center invite you to view a portrait, in music and film, of a jazz freedom-fighter: his life, his art, his genius musical partners.
Chick Corea live

Chick Corea / Steve Gadd Band

SEASON KICK-OFF!
THE CHICK COREA /
STEVE GADD BAND

Artistic icon Chick Corea has 22 Grammy wins—the most of any jazz artist, ever! He is both one of the most influential jazz artists of his generation and one of the greatest living jazz pianists. Chick and drummer Steve Gadd’s musical partnership is the stuff of legend—but the music is always new. It’s a coup to bring these venerated maestros to Rhode Island—catch them live on the brink of their new album release this fall!

Celebrate CUNNINGHAM

CELEBRATE CUNNINGHAM
with FirstWorks and Brown Arts Initiative

Immerse yourself in a cinematic experience seven years in the making about legendary American dancer and choreographer, Merce Cunningham. Watch the film online #athome and then join us for a special Q&A with director Alla Kovgan and co-producer Elizabeth Delude-Dix.

CARTOGRAPHY – Mapping our Journeys

CREATIVE CONVERSATION
CARTOGRAPHY – Mapping our Journeys

Join FirstWorks, the creators of the multimedia performance CARTOGRAPHY, and esteemed members of our cultural community as we examine how the arts represent migration and immigrant narratives.

CARTOGRAPHY

CARTOGRAPHY

Experience stunning visuals and deeply human narratives in this poignant work designed for audiences of all ages. Woven from accounts of young refugees’ journeys, CARTOGRAPHY uses simple storytelling with interactive video technology to recount young peoples’ experiences of modern-day migration.

BUILDING TRUST THROUGH PROCESS

BUILDING TRUST THROUGH PROCESS

A workshop on falling, rolling, stillness, connecting through focus, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, centering and integration of breath, and being attentive to our partner(s) and surroundings, with Urban Bush Women’s Founder, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and dancers from the company. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Black Violin

BLACK VIOLIN
Classical Boom Tour

Classical music and hip-hop collide!
The groundbreaking duo Black Violin blurs the lines between musical genres with their one-of-a-kind, family-friendly fusion of groove and strings.
Bill T. Jones

BILL T. JONES/ ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY – STORY/TIME

BILL T. JONES/ ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY – STORY/TIME

FirstWorks presents Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones, who commands center stage for an exhilarating full company performance of 70 stories in 70 minutes.